Global Advisors

Global Advisors provide advice to the Institute on issues concerning research directions, methodological developments and scholarly trends. The group comprises renowned scholars whose work represents a critical aspect of the Institute's research. Their involvement in the Institute signifies its global connections.

Eve Darian-Smith

Eve Darian-Smith

Eve Darian-Smith is Professor and Chair of the Department of Global and International Studies at the University of California Irvine, USA. Trained as a lawyer, historian and anthropologist, she is interested in issues of postcolonialism, human rights, legal pluralism, and global theory. She has published widely including eleven books and edited volumes, with two of her books winning major book prizes.

Her most recent book is The Global Turn: Theories, Research Designs, and Methods for Global Studies (2017). She is on six editorial boards including the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Social & Legal StudiesNew Global Studies, Beijing Law Review, and she is a former Associate Editor ofAmerican Ethnologist and the Law & Society Review.

Professor John Erni

John Nguyet Erni is Fung Hon Chu Endowed Chair of Humanics, Chair Professor in Humanities, and Head of the Department of Humanities & Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. In 2017, he was elected President of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities. Erni’s wide-ranging work traverses international and Asia-based cultural studies, human rights legal criticism, Chinese consumption of transnational culture, gender and sexuality in media culture, youth consumptionculturein Hong Kong and Asia, and critical public health.

He is the author or editor of nine academic titles, most recently Law and Cultural Studies: A Critical Rearticulation of Human Rights (Routledge, 2019).

Associate Professor Martin Fredriksson

Martin Fredriksson is Associate Professor at the Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture (ISAK), Linköping University, Sweden. In the past he has conducted research about the cultural history of copyright as well as the social and political implications of media piracy. His work on piracy has, so far, resulted in two books, Piracy: Leakages of Modernity (Litwin Press) and Property, Place and Piracy (Routledge), both coedited with James Arvanitakis.

From 2015 to 2018 he ran an EU project on ‘Commons and Commodities’ that explored privatisation of common resources, spanning from extraction of natural resources, through biopiracy and exploitation of indigenous knowledge to recent debates about the enclosure of the information commons. The project included studies of mining and coal seam gas extraction in NSW and was partly conducted at ICS.

Professor Simone Fullagar

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Simone Fullagar (opens in a new window) is Professor, Physical Culture, Sport and Health at the University of Bath, UK and Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Queensland. As an interdisciplinary sociologist, Simone’s research explores the embodied politics of gender, physical cultures, health/mental health and wellbeing through new materialist feminist and post-structuralist approaches.

She is currently working on a co-authored monograph A vital politics of women’s depression and recovery, and co-edited collection Digital Dilemmas: Transforming gender identities and power relations in everyday life.

Twitter: @simonefullagar (opens in a new window)

Professor Jeroen de Kloet

Jeroen de Kloet (opens in a new window) is Professor of Globalisation Studies and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) at the University of Amsterdam, and is affiliated to the Beijing Film Academy. His work focuses on cultural globalisation, in particular in the context of East Asia. He is the principal investigator of a project funded by the European Grant Council (ERC), entitled “From Made in China to Created in China. A Comparative Study of Creative Practice and Production in Contemporary China.” In 2010 he published China with a Cut - Globalisation, Urban Youth and Popular Music (Amsterdam UP). Together with Yiu Fai Chow, he wrote Sonic Multiplicities: Hong Kong Pop and the Global Circulation of Sound and Image (Intellect, 2013, a Chinese translation of which was published by Chinese University of Hong Kong Press) and, together with Lena Scheen, he edited Spectacle and the City – Chinese Urbanities in Art and Popular Culture (Amsterdam UP, 2013). With Anthony Fung, he published Youth Cultures in China (Polity 2017, translated into Korean), and with Esther Peeren, Robin Celikates and Thomas Poell, he edited Global Cultures of Contestation (Palgrave McMillan 2018). See also China Creative (opens in a new window).

Professor Raj Isar

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Yudhishthir Raj Isar is an independent analyst, advisor and public speaker who straddles different worlds of cultural theory, experience and practice. He is Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at The American University of Paris and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. He has also been maître de conference at Sciences Po, Paris. Professor Isar is co-editor of the Cultures and Globalization Series (SAGE). He is a trustee of civil society cultural organisations and consultant to international organisations and foundations and Past President of Culture Action Europe. Earlier, at UNESCO, where he served from 1973 to 2002, he was notably Executive Secretary of the World Commission on Culture and Development and Director of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture.

Professor Anna Reading

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Professor Anna Reading has played a leading international role in the emergent interdisciplinary field of social and cultural memory studies. Her work develops the new epistemology of 'the globital memory field' using dynamic methods of digital analysis to understand the immersive and connective ecologies of social memory. She has given keynotes and conference papers around the world and is the author of a range of books and articles, including, Polish women, solidarity and feminism (1992, Macmillan), Communism, capitalism and the mass media with C Sparks (1998, Sage), The media in Britain with J Stokes (1999, McMillan), The social inheritance of the Holocaust: gender, culture and memory (2002, Palgrave) and editor of Save memories with J Garde-Hansen and A Hoskins (2009, Palgrave).

Associate Professor Manuel Tironi

Manuel Tironi is Associate Professor and convener of the Critical Studies on the Anthropocene group within the Instituto de Sociología at P. Universidad Católica de Chile. He is also principal investigator at the Center for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Reduction (CIGIDEN) and the Millennium Research Nucleus on Energy and Society (NUMIES). He works at the intersection of environmental sociology, science studies, and political theory to think about ecologies of practice and political conflicts in and with more-than-human worlds. His latest projects have engaged with issues of toxicity, environmental justice, disaster cultures, citizen science, and geological modes of knowing, and he is currently leading a research initiative on Indigenous knowledge and geoclimatic disruptions. His most recent articles have been published in Society and Animals, Sociological Review, Geoforum, and Science Technology & Human Values, and he is co-editor (with Israel Rodríguez-Giralt and Michael Guggenheim) of Disasters and Politics: Materials, Experiments, Preparedness (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), winner of the 2015 Amsterdamska Award by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology. Email metironi@uc.c

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